The Peg Perego Pliko P3 Compact is a relatively lightweight stroller that accepts a car seat, and has a compact fold, adjustable handlebar and huge, full-coverage canopy. This is the latest model in the Pliko P3 line, which has been around for a number of years and has undergone several changes in that time. The stroller isn't universally loved by expert and parent reviewers, but some have had one for years or have owned multiple models and wouldn't buy anything else.
A recall didn't help the already low safety rating. The Pliko P3 Compact has a five-point harness and a child tray, which offers an extra layer of protection against children leaning forward out of the seat. However, the older version of this tray was the reason the Pliko P3 was recalled in July. In models manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, entrapment and strangulation can occur in an unharnessed child if the child slips down and gets caught in the tray. This applies only to strollers with a child tray with one cup holder. The new-model Plikos that have two cup holders on the tray aren't affected. Yet even before the recall, the P3 gets a fairly low safety rating from one well-respected product review source.
Does what it should easily. The Pliko P3 is a cinch to fold and unfold, and stands when folded, according to expert and user reviewers. Some say the fold has a learning curve, but is easy once you get the hang of it. The stroller also pushes and maneuvers well. The child tray swings out for ease of taking child in and out. The seat fabric is removable and machine washable.
Great for the sunny side of the street. The most amazing feature of the Peg Perego Pliko P3 Compact is its huge, full-coverage canopy. It pulls completely over the rider to protect from the sun or prying eyes, and features a mesh opening for ventilation and a peek-a-boo window. It gets great reviews from parents who live in Hawaii, Florida and California for this alone. Of the three cup holders, the parent's is only suitable for holding a bottled water or a narrow cup. There are two in the child tray, which swings away or removes if it's not needed.
Of particular interest is the Pliko P3's built-in toddler standing board; it was a sit and stand before anyone else really thought of the concept. However, it isn't a true infant-plus-toddler stroller -- an older child would find it difficult to stand with the car seat attached or when the seat is fully reclined. The P3 Compact is compatible with the Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 infant car seat (*Est. $270).
This isn't the lightest stroller ever, but at 18.7 pounds it's not bad. The basket is on the small and shallow side, and some users complain that it's difficult to access. The Pliko's full recline is one-handed and smooth. It has great weight ratings, from birth to 45 pounds, and should last for however long your child needs a stroller. It has a telescoping handle, making it a good choice for adults of various sizes.
We like responsive companies. While writing this review, we had to contact the company to ask a couple of technical questions. They were responsive and polite. The Peg Perego P3 Pliko is covered by a one-year warranty.
This stroller gets mixed reviews from owners and experts, which is puzzling because it has the potential to be a great stroller -- fairly lightweight, great for infants up to 45 pounds, lots of accessories and an amazing canopy. Still, it comes with a $400 base price and those complaints about its great features being kind of flimsy. And, of course, we can't stress strongly enough to not buy this stroller used in case you get a recalled model.
1. Baby Bargains
Excellent "Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. Their section on strollers is detailed and offers a wealth of useful information. Both the Peg Perego brand in general and the Pliko P3 are reviewed and rated against dozens of other popular strollers.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Very good The editors at ConsumerReports.org rate 35 full-featured strollers for ease of use, maneuverability and safety. While the testing is commendable, editors give virtually no written details about the strollers and the report is outdated, with several models having been discontinued. Durability and the reality of long-term, everyday use aren't taken into account.
Review: Traditional Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of Oct. 2010
Very good The Peg Perego Pliko P3 gets 3.6 stars out of 5 in more than 15 customer reviews. Owners say they love the huge canopy and find it easy to use. Others say it was defective out of the box. Even those who love the stroller wish it had a parent tray and call the underseat basket hard to access.
Review: Peg Perego Pliko P3 Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Aug. 2012
Good Janet McLaughlin gives a thorough review of the Peg Perego Pliko P3 Compact that explains its various features. However, it's not comparative, there are no negatives mentioned and it focuses a bit too much on fabric color.
Review: Peg Perego Pliko P3 Compact Review, Janet McLaughlin, Feb. 14, 2011
Good Buzzillions.com collects reviews from several external sources, so there tends to be good volume here compared to other user review sites. The Peg Perego Pliko P3 has hundreds of entries spread over a number of models, but many are older reviews that reference P3 models that are no longer being manufactured. It's difficult to get a consensus unless you know exactly which model you want to buy.
Review: Peg Perego Pliko P3 Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Aug. 2012